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Separation Process Engineering: Includes Mass Transfer Analysis, Third Edition by Phillip C. Wankat

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1.4 Problem-Solving Methods

To help develop your problem-solving abilities, an explicit strategy, which is a modification of the strategy developed at McMaster University (Woods et al., 1975), is used throughout this book. The seven stages of this strategy are:

0. I want to, and I can

1. Define the problem

2. Explore or think about it

3. Plan

4. Do it

5. Check

6. Generalize

Step 0 is a motivation and confidence step. It is a reminder that you got this far in chemical engineering because you can solve problems. The more different problems you solve, the better a problem solver you will become. Remind yourself that you want to learn how to solve chemical engineering problems, and you can do it.

In step 1 you want to define the problem. Make sure ...

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